Long Branch Trail Connector to Carroll Avenue

Division: Park Development Division
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Project Description

This project will evaluate the proposed construction of a hard surface trail connection from the end of the existing Long Branch Trail to Carroll Avenue. The project area is located in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park in Stream Valley Unit #1, near the intersection of Long Branch Parkway and Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park. The Long Branch Trail currently ends at the dead-end of Long Branch Parkway. Currently, there is a people’s choice trail (unsanctioned trail) that parallels the Long Branch Stream Valley Park on the northeast side of the stream to Carroll Avenue. The majority of the potential connector alignment is on parkland, while some small areas may be within Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and/or SHA right-of-way (pending an approved alignment).

The project location contains some environmentally sensitive areas, including some mature trees and forested areas, groundwater seeps, localized erosion features, and abundant non-native/invasive plants in some areas. There are excellent opportunities in this area for incorporating environmental enhancements, including tree replacement, removal of non-native/invasive (NNI) plants, floodplain, and stream buffer habitat enhancement, and restoration replanting.

Background

This project is one of several projects planned in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park corridor with a goal of creating a continuous and updated Long Branch Trail from Piney Branch Road to Carroll Avenue. This project will help improve trail connectivity in the greater Long Branch area.

The existing people’s choice trail to Carroll Avenue shows significant use and there are maintenance concerns with the area. There is a history of tree loss in this area, the general area has poor drainage, and the foot trail has widened over time leading to loss of vegetation with localized erosion. Therefore, the second goal of this project is to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety while also enhancing park resources by incorporating restorative plantings, NNI removal, drainage improvements, and floodplain habitat enhancements.

Status/Project Update

August 2020

  • Montgomery Parks has formally kicked off the project and has started the concept analysis to develop and vet feasible alternatives for the project. We plan to hold a public meeting during the early phase of project development, following completion of Montgomery Parks’ concept analysis, and anticipate presenting 2-3 alternatives at the meeting. These alternatives will also be available for review on this project website. The public will be notified about upcoming meetings through signage placed in the project vicinity, emailed notices to local community and citizens associations, stakeholders who have expressed interest in the project, postcard mailings to property owners in the project vicinity, and notices on the Montgomery Parks website.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

DATES EVENTS LOCATIONS
Planning Phase
Spring/Summer 2020 – Project began
– Survey and preliminary assessment of site conditions developed– Parks to begin concept analysis
Winter 2021 Virtual Community Meeting- TDB

  • View postcard
  • View the meeting notes
  • View the recording of the virtual meeting
Montgomery Parks will be using Microsft TEAMS to host the meeting.

A link will be provided closer to the date.

Spring 2021 Design Phase
TBD Construction

Dates and times are subject to change.  Please contact the project manager for information.


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Meredith Neely, PE,  Project Manager
Meredith.Neely@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2511

Last Updated: November 25, 2020